Can Dogs Be Declawed? The Answer will Surprise You
Declawing and dogs in one sentence just do not seem right. Chances are you have probably heard of cats being declawed most especially due to its reputable long nails that may cause harm and damage to your otherwise smooth hardwood floors and soft cushioned couch set.
However, some relatively new dog owners may also find that dogs, much like cats, also have nails. This leads to them asking the question—can dogs be declawed?
This is most especially true for those dog owners that have just moved into their new homes or dog owners that have just started adopting a dog and are not used to caring for a dog.
Now, I know it may seem overwhelming but that’s why this article is to serve as your ultimate guide. Allow this article to serve as your companion as you find out whether dogs can be declawed and if yes, how can they be declawed. And if not, how, then, can they be prevented from damaging furniture? Read away and find out!
Can Dogs be Declawed?
The simple answer is no, not really. Although, I probably just contradicted myself right there given that the answer is more complex than just a simple yes or no. You see, while it is common for cats to get declawed. It is not really common for dogs and in fact, it is almost pretty non-existent.
One of the reasons why cats can get declawed yet dogs cannot is because their anatomy is designed entirely different. It will be both painful for both animal species.
However, the way a cat’s body is built makes it possible for him or her to be declawed while still being able to perform his or her functions properly and normally.
You see, their front claws or claws in general can be drawn back in. In addition to that, they tend to walk more with the use of their pads on the feet.
Meanwhile, in dogs, it goes a bit differently. Their claws are attached to their bone or the end joint in a loose manner. Declawing dogs, per se, would mean complete amputation. This is actually called an onychectomy.
You have to understand that declawing your dogs would really mean removing not just the claws or nails but in actuality, the entire joints.
This can actually be classified as animal cruelty given how painful it is for dogs and completely unnecessary with the exception of a selected set of health complications.
If not for these complications, making your dog undergo through declawing or onychectomy will just be plain animal cruelty.
How can I Maintain their Claws?
So given how declawing is completely out of the equation, how can you then solve the problem of your dogs potentially causing damage and harm to your couch set, smooth floors and all other furnitures?
Well, the solution to that problem is all about maintenance. And not just simple and mere maintenance but careful and consistent maintenance. To completely prevent your dogs from harming your humble abode, all you have to is to trim his or her nails as part of that maintenance.
You see, nails cannot be taken away completely from dogs because your dogs will need it. As an example, they need it for balance or getting a grip.
So let us first start with clippers. Clippers are one good tool you can use to trim your dog's nails. If you have these or if you have had the chance to look at them closely, you may notice and observe that they closely resemble the appearance of the same clippers you use or the clippers human beings used, except these clippers come with a bigger blade.
When you decide to get one from a store, make sure you do get the clipper that is compatible with the thickness and size of your dog's nails. Most manufacturing companies do offer it in varying sizes.
Beware of the quick when using this. It is a dark spot in your dog’s nails that signifies blood flow in your dog’s body. Do not cut and make sure you trim your dog’s nails regularly to prevent your dog’s quick from growing longer and bigger.
Unlike clippers, this one is techier. They are very precise and not to mention, swift. This tool which is really more like a device shapes your dog’s nails with the use of their rotating block which is a feature used to trim your dog’s nails better.
For better results, you may actually form a curve on the tip of your dog’s fingernails with the use of these. That will help prevent your dog from scratching any surface.
How will I Know if They Need to Be Declawed?
I’ve mentioned that there are only few exceptions in which your dog can be declawed. These reasons are actually all about health issues. The medical issues that require declawing include tumor and cancer which causes a disorder in the nail bed.
Watch out and check your dog if he or she is having some difficulty walking? Is there some sort of swelling around his or her nails? Is there obvious pain? If yes is your answer to all of this, it is time to get him or her to the vet.
To sum it all up, no, your dogs should not be declawed. It is plain animal cruelty and there is absolutely no need for declawing unless your dog is going through serious medical issues that require amputation.
Most especially, not when nails are actually needed in their way of living. Otherwise, there are other ways for you to prevent your dog from ruining your furniture without the use of amputation. These include maintaining your dog’s nails by making sure his or her nails get trimmed regularly.
There you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this article. Should you have any other suggestions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to leave them down below. I’ll see you on the next article!